DURANGO, Colo. — The Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Train is believed to have started a wildfire reported yesterday in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango.
The fire, referred to by authorities as the Goblin Fire, now is estimated at 40 acres, burning on the east side of the Animas Canyon near Needles Creek. U.S. Forest Service and railroad firefighters are on the scene aided by a Type 3 helicopter.
Southeast of Pagosa Springs, additional firefighting crews have arrived at the Cinnamon Bear Fire, still estimated at 110 acres in a remote area of Bear Basin, two miles south of Blue Mountain. About 25 local firefighters have been joined by a Hotshot crew, a Type 1 crew and two Type 2 crews.
Type 1 and Type 3 helicopters and two single engine air tankers are being coordinated under air attack. The Type 3 helicopter is also making drops on the nearby Wedding Fire, estimated at 1.2 acres in size about two miles southwest of Blue Mountain. Both of these fires are believed to have been started by lightning.
With the first rifle season underway this weekend, the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center warns anyone heading out into the backcountry to be extremely careful with fire under the current dry and windy conditions.